ICT (INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY) ICT is a Driver of Economic Growth
The JLP Government will make ICT, under a single regulatory body, a focal point for increasing employment and diversification and for improving Government services to citizens.
Steps to the Digital Society •
Establish true universal access, making Internet access to essential Government and educational services free
Introduce eHOME: (The Electronic Home-based Mode of Employment), the “Work from Home” initiative to boost productivity by reducing time lost in transit
Work closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure effective use of technology to support teaching and learning as well as improved administration
We will repeal the 15-year old Telecommunications Act and replace it with a new ICT Act.
Technology Innovation Fund Make Jamaica the Silicon Valley of the Caribbean Innovation leads to prosperity. We have to invest more in technology innovation and cultivate a more sustainable and vibrant environment for start-up initiatives. The JLP Government will create a Technology Innovation Fund (TIF) to catalyse the growth of technology-based ventures. Startups without funding don’t start. And in hard economic times venture capitalists may not always be around. So we must create
a sustained fund that will always be there to foster technology innovation. As a nation we must move from simple consumption of technology to becoming participants in the production of technology, whether software or hardware. We have a growing number of young people with ICT skills, students and experienced business people who can develop the opportunities. With the correct support, we can make Jamaica the Silicon Valley of the Caribbean.
A Partnership for Prosperity